A local water advocacy group is upset after the U.S. Supreme Court did away with the Clean Air Act of 1970. In a 6-3 vote, the court decided the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have the right to force restrictions on another state.
Justices decided only state legislators could impose restrictions on businesses in their state, including imposing restrictions on emissions from coal plants.
Jim Olson is the Founder of a local water advocacy group called For The Love of Water or FLOW. He says state’s have to continue moving towards renewable energy, regardless of what the federal government does.
“We have to look to our governor’s and our legislators and insist that climate change is a non-political issue. That the things that we have to address get done,” Olson says.
While he applauds the state of Michigan and Consumers Energy for pledging to close the last remaining coal plant in the state, and switch to renewable energy by 2025. He says climate change should be taken more seriously.
“There’s no individual right to destroy your planet. Nor does a coal company have the right to put emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that destroys health, property, infrastructure and our water systems and our food systems,” Olson states.